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2018 Dome 55.1

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51 THE CAPITOL DOME maps of Washington, D.C. and the important role they play in understanding the history told by the other authors. Finally, Scott elaborated on how Carroll and Thomas Law were able to create a fledgling com- munity to serve Congress at its earliest occupancy in Washington. USCHS tour guides then took interested guests on the inaugural Creating Capitol Hill walking tour to explore the neighborhood and sites featured in the book. Ranging from the USCHS headquarters at Sec- ond Street and Maryland Avenue NE as far as the Long- worth House Office Building at New Jersey and Inde- pendence Avenues SE, the tour highlights themes from the book, such as land deals between the proprietors and the fledgling government, construction of homes and boarding houses, and early developments in com- mercial and social life on Capitol Hill. C-SPAN recorded the evening's proceedings for their Book TV Series; watch the video by visiting and searching for "Creating Capitol Hill." On Thursday, 12 July, the United States Capitol Histori- cal Society formally presented Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People to Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina at a ceremony held in the Rayburn House Office Building. Donald G. Carlson, chair of the USCHS board of trust- ees, opened the event with remarks thanking Cole and Foxx for their service to both the country as Members of Congress and to the Society as members of the board of trustees. Cole shared the following thoughts on the book: "As a historian, I am proud to serve on the board of trustees for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. It was an honor to support the release of the society's newest publication, Creating Capitol Hill. The book beautifully illustrates the storied past and evolution of Capitol Hill. I look forward to sharing it with my friends, family, and constituents." Foxx expressed the following sentiments on her involve- ment with the society: "It was a pleasure to join the U.S. Capitol Historical Society today for the launch of its new book, Creating Capitol Hill. The Society does excellent work in promoting knowledge of the Capitol's history and appreciation for its important role, and in helping preserve it. I'm glad to have been a benefactor of its mission today, and look forward to reading my copy of the book." Following the presentation, USCHS Develop- ment & Tours Consultant Samuel Holliday led a team of volunteers and interns as they hand-delivered a hardcover copy of Creating Capitol Hill to each of the 541 congressional offices. Without the help of volunteers Charles Beck, Ethan Fine, and Yvette Seltz, and interns Sophie Cos, Alison Gray, Madison Immel, and Clare Smith, this distribution would not have been possible. From left: Rep. Cole, volunteer Chuck Beck, Rep. Foxx, and Chairman Carlson CREATING CAPITOL HILL ON THE HILL BOOK TALK AT MOUNT VERNON On Thursday, 13 September, the authors of Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People participated in a Ford Evening Book Talk at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Offered by the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington, these free monthly discussions highlight books focused on Washington and our nation's founding era. About 300 people turned out to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to hear remarks from editor Donald Kennon and authors Don Alexander Hawkins, Charles Carroll Carter (via his daughter Anna St. John), and Pamela Scott. After a question-and-answer session, the speakers signed copies of the book for interested guests. Dr. Kevin Butterfield, executive director of the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington, moder- ated the question-and-answer session with authors Carter, Hawkins, and Scott, and editor Kennon.

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